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November 13, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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FRIDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 1942

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Reconnaissance over Attu and Agattu reveals five landing barges in Chichagof Harbor on Attu.

SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (SOPAC, Joint Chiefs of Staff): Air strength on Guadalcanal is raised by the arrival of three B-26s from the 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) and 70th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) from New Hebrides.

USN: The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Third Battle of the Solomon Sea) first phase begins. During the melee, USS Juneau (CL-52) was hit by a torpedo and stops dead in the water and is later sunk.

IJN: During the night, Japanese cruisers and destroyers bombard Henderson Field on Guadalcanal and destroy one of the newly arrived P-38 Lightning. They engage RAdm Callaghan's task group of cruisers and destroyers, U.S. force are heavily damaged including USS Juneau (CL-52) that is later sunk with the loss of the majority of her crew, including the five Sullivan brothers. Afterwards, the Japanese warships retire to the north.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (SWPA, Fifth Air Force): B-17s bomb shipping off Tonolai-Komaleai Point and Kahili Airfield (Buin Airfield) on Bougainville. A B-17 strafes a schooner in Lorengau Harbor.



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